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Kopitar to play in 1,000th NHL game for Los Angeles; Calgary trying for second-most points in its history

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

FLAMES (49-23-7) at KINGS (29-40-9)

10 p.m. ET; PRIME, SNW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Anze Kopitar will play his 1,000th NHL game when the Los Angeles Kings play the Calgary Flames at Staples Center on Monday.

Kopitar will be the fourth player with 1,000 games for the Kings, joining Dustin Brown (1,113), Dave Taylor (1,111) and Luc Robitaille (1,077). Kopitar has 885 points (311 goals, 574 assists) in 999 games.

The Kings are 4-1-1 in their past six games, including three straight wins at home.

The Flames, who clinched the Pacific Division and Western Conference with a 5-3 win against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, are one point from having the second-most in any season in their history. They have 105 points, matching the 1987-88 Flames. The Calgary/Atlanta Flames record is 117 points in 1988-89.

 

Players to watch

Flames center Sean Monahan has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past two games.

Kings forward Dustin Brown has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past 10 games.

 

They said it

"We set a standard here that ultimately we executed." -- Flames defenseman Dalton Prout on finishing first in the Western Conference

"It certainly makes it special. To hit it with one team, that doesn't happen very often." -- Kings forward Anze Kopitar on reaching 1,000 NHL games

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- James Neal

Andrew Mangiapane -- Derek Ryan -- Garnet Hathaway

Michael Frolik -- Alan Quine-- Austin Czarnik

Oscar Fantenberg -- Rasmus Andersson

Juuso Valimaki-- Dalton Prout

Oliver Kylington -- Michael Stone

David Rittich

Mike Smith

Scratched: Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie, Mikael Backlund, Matthew Tkachuk, Travis Hamonic, Noah Hanifin

Injured: None

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Carl Grundstrom -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford -- Jeff Carter -- Trevor Lewis

Austin Wagner -- Michael Amadio -- Ilya Kovalchuk

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Matt Roy

Kurtis MacDermid -- Sean Walker

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Paul LaDue, Dion Phaneuf, Jonny Brodzinski

Injured: Brendan Leipsic (lower body)

 

Status report

Valimaki, the No. 16 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, was recalled from Stockton on the American Hockey League on Monday. He has two points (one goal, one assist) in 22 games with the Flames. … Bennett will return after missing five games because of an upper-body injury. … Kovalchuk will play after being scratched the past six games. … Kings coach Willie Desjardins was not optimistic that Leipsic would play again this season.

 

Stat pack

Gaudreau has four assists during a three-game point streak. … Kopitar has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his past eight games.

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